Our prospect rankings conclude this week with a look at starting pitchers, and are again brought to you by the man, the myth, the prospect legend… Andy Germani. In addition to his rankings, a number of questions were posed to give you an idea of who he is targeting and avoiding, and why. While these rankings are primarily for those of you in keeper and dynasty leagues, some of the players could make a potential impact in 2019.
|1||Forrest Whitley||11||Brent Honeywell||21||Matt Manning|
|2||Jesus Luzardo||12||Mitch Keller||22||Touki Toussaint|
|3||Alex Reyes||13||Michael Kopech||23||Hunter Greene|
|4||Chris Paddack||14||A.J. Puk||24||Jonathan Loaisiga|
|5||Mike Soroka||15||Yusei Kikuchi||25||Josh James|
|6||Kyle Wright||16||Dylan Cease||26||Luiz Gohara|
|7||Justus Sheffield||17||Brendan McKay||27||Brusdar Graterol|
|8||MacKenzie Gore||18||Ian Anderson||28||Jon Duplantier|
|9||Sixto Sanchez||19||Michel Baez||29||Adrian Morejon|
|10||Casey Mize||20||Triston McKenzie||30||Sandy Alcantara|
Who is your favorite prospect to break out in 2019?
Tony Gonsolin got moved from relief to the rotation last year and did better, which is typically the opposite. He has a four pitch mix with a curveball, slider, and a splitter that can be devastating. The Dodgers have an absurd amount of pitching depth so there is almost no chance of him doing anything this year, and next year isn’t even a guarantee, but I feel like you won’t be able to get him as cheap as you can now.
What prospect (if any) could make a surprising Contribution to fantasy teams in 2019?
The Angels bullpen features guys who never get hurt! Matt Harvey, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney and studs like Jaime Barria and Trevor Cahill! Ok, so I wasn’t serious there. Point is there is definitely an opportunity for Jose Suarez to get a shot. Suarez made the multilevel jump going from high-A to AAA. He doesn’t have amazing stuff, but results are results. He has a low 90s fastball and a solid changeup as a lefty.
There are a couple other interesting names there that could also get a chance in Griffin Canning and former prospects Nick Tropeano and Dillon Peters, but I think Suarez ends up with a chance at some point and runs with it.
What lesser-known prospect should fantasy owners put on their radars now?
Also take a look at Bryan Abreu with the Astros. The Astros gave the high-A prospect a spot on the 40-man roster in fear someone would steal him away. He struck out 90 in 54 1/3 last year.
There are some nice articles on The Athletic about Abreu if you have the ability to check it out. In brief: he has a spike curveball that the Astros love the spin rate of. Anytime I hear Astros and spin rate I am interested with how much success they have had in the past. There are enough signs for me to be adding Abreu in my dynasty leagues.
What prospect can you see slipping down the rankings owners may want to avoid/trade?
I hate to say it, but Triston McKenzie. I own him in a couple of leagues and for the second consecutive year he has his start delayed due to injury. Good news is it is the second time where the injury wasn’t season threatening, but it’s not only delaying the timetable, it is starting to make the injury prone label seem real.